Do you fall in love with some of the characters in your favorite books? Did you know that authors also fall in love with their characters?
It's almost like asking a parent to name a favorite child. By the time a book hits the shelves, an author has lived with those characters for months, often years. Some exasperate us. Some, I hate to say, we end up hating. But at least once in every book, I fall in love.
With six novels and three novelettes under my belt now (yeah, peanuts compared to a lot of you guys!), I decided to see if I could pick which of my characters I love the most, and why.
From my Sentinels of New Orleans series:
DJ Jaco, the New Orleans wizard who's the heroine of this urban fantasy series "with romantic elements." My editor calls DJ a chaos magnet, and she is, often because she leads with her heart, not her head. She also has a wicked sense of humor, creative problem-solving skills, and a ingrained distrust of authority. Books: Royal Street, River Road (coming November 13).
Rene Delachaise, a Cajun merman with bottle-nosed dolphin tattoo he has on his...um...well, let's just say tattooing that bottlenose had to hurt. In my urban fantasy world, merpeople are aquatic shapeshifters, and Rene won me over with his prickly sense of humor and ability to get under DJ's skin. Books: River Road and the novelette "Chenoire," coming online as a free read in late October. (Did I mention Rene has a twin brother, Robert, and runs a shrimp boat out of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana?)
From my Penton Legacy paranormal romance series written as Susannah Sandlin:
Mirren Kincaid. He's a 6-8, 300-pound vampire who still carries Faolain, the sword from his human days as a Scottish gallowglass mercenary. He's also taciturn, stubborn, and has a really foul mouth. Another wicked sense of humor, though, and despite an ugly, violent past, Mirren has a strength and nobility that shine through. He's the only one who can't see it. Books: Redemption and Absolution (coming out October 9).
Will Ludlam. He was a 22-year-old college student in 1969 when he was turned vampire by his own father. He's a ladies' man, is brilliant, is so handsome he's almost pretty, and carries some very, very dark secrets. He covers them up with a smart-aleck sense of humor and by not letting anyone get too close. Will is probably the most complex character I've written, the one I had the most trouble getting to "talk" to me. Books: Redemption and Absolution (the third book in the series, Omega, will feature Will as the hero).
So that's my favorites. If you're a writer, which characters have you fallen in love with? (Please don't tell me I'm the only one!) If you're a reader, have you fallen in love with someone in a favorite book?
One commenter today will win a set of signed print books: Royal Street, Redemption, and Absolution.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Falling in Love--Over and Over Again (& Win Some Books!)
Labels: paranormal romance, Penton Legacy series, Sentinels of New Orleans series, Susannah Sandlin, Suzanne Johnson, urban fantasy
BIO: Novelist currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (urban fantasy, Tor Books) as Suzanne Johnson. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy (paranormal romance) and Collectors (romantic suspense) series from Montlake Romance. See my author website for more info!